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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has dismissed reports linking the club with a move for Hearts midfielder Alexandros Tziolis.

The Daily Record claimed that the Portuguese boss had held talks with the Greece international following the Gers 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over the Edinburgh side on Saturday.

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The two were both at Panathinaikos during Caixinha’s time as an assistant manager, but he insisted in his pre-match press conference ahead of the home match with Aberdeen on Wednesday that there was no substance to rumours of a reunion.

“We worked together 10 years ago at Panathinaikos but if you are referring to what came out in the news I just need to say to you it is pure rubbish,” the 46-year-old is quoted as saying by The Scotsman when quizzed on the Tziolis reports.

“If I don’t comment on news from the papers then I’ll comment even less on rubbish.”

Tziolis left Greek outfit PAOK when his contract was terminated in January and days later signed for Hearts on a six-month deal.

The tough-tackling holding man has impressed in the intervening months and was touted with a move to Glasgow to add more bite to Rangers’ midfield.

Caixinha only arrived in March and will start the process of remoulding the team in his own image over the summer after inheriting the squad built by former boss Mark Warburton.

However, it now seems that Tziolis will not be among those arriving at Ibrox.